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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Healthy Innovation Contest

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ASAP, in a commitment with The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), is conducting a national competition to identify and reward the most creative, impactful, and scalable school-based programs and technological innovations that promote physical activity for children.  The contest will award a total of $500,000 in prizes, with individual awards of up to $100,000.  In addition to monetary awards, top winners will advance to participate in funded pilot studies aimed at expanding both reach and impact.
ASAP’s national outreach campaign is underway to mobilize applications from schools, teachers, technology developers, entrepreneurs – anyone with a passion and a plan to get students active and healthy.  The PHA is helping to promote the competition and encourage participation through their broad-based, multi-sector networks. 
The contest features two categories: “School Programs” and “Technology Innovation.” Teachers, schools, or entire districts are encouraged to submit their in-school physical activity programs to the competition in the “School Programs” category.  This may include any curriculum, activity, environmental modification, event, or other initiative that promotes quality school-time physical activity and is currently being implemented with their students. Winners of the “Technology Innovation” category will demonstrate how their existing or emerging technology can be used to inspire kids to be physically active.  This may include devices, tracking and measurement systems, software applications, innovative uses of social media, gaming, smart phones, and more. Apply now through April 2, 2012.  For more information, visit www.ActiveSchoolsASAP.org.
Ingrid Cheng
Writer, Activist, Visionary


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